California budget vote pending

Matt Garvey

California state legislators are expected to vote on a budget this week.

After a record 94 days without a budget, a tentative agreement has been met that would end the stalemate.

 

The proposed solution would include no new taxes, which has been a demand of Republicans since the start of the negotiations. To make up the deficit, $7.5 billion worth of spending cuts would be made.

Key to the new agreement includes improved projections for revenue from an improving economy. Also an expected increase of $1.4 billion from the federal government would create a balanced budget.

Republican support is needed to reach a two-thirds majority to pass the budget. Senate Minority Leader Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Murrieta, expects there will be enough republican votes.

Some Democrats are still unsure if they will vote for a budget if it cuts education and social services. Deals and small changes are expected to be made as the vote nears. The vote is planned for Thursday.

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